08 April 2011

Just Do It

Dear Bulldogs, we have been waiting a long, long time for this. And by we, I mean all of the fans and Bulldog hockey alumni.

Win it for us.

Win it for your coach, Bill Watson. Give him the ring he should have had 27 years ago. And don't take 4 OTs to do it. And good lord, Kenny, stay in the net, because Bulldogs fans cannot handle another fluky DECC hop garbage BS goal and I want to PUKE when I see that Bowling Green banner hanging at the X because THAT SHOULD BE OURS.

Win it for your old captain, Andrew Carroll. The consummate hard worker, who willed himself and his teammates to be better. Win it for him, as vindication for that Miami game.

Win it for Dick Stewart. Win it for his windsock and his dedication to the youth hockey players of Duluth. Win it because you bought your gear from him. Win it because he lost his vision at a Bulldogs game.

Win it for Isaac, for Junior, for Schwabe, Timmay, Hards, Geisler, Unks, for those guys who brought us so close in Boston.

Win it for the students, the ones who make up cheers and signs and drink to the wins and the losses and get the crowd going. Win it for the former runners of the goal lap. Win it for your classmates and your neighbors.

Win it for the DECC. The arena you closed down in style just over four months ago. The arena where Bulldog legends have played. Win it and do something they didn't. Win it and make your mark on both buildings.

Win it for the city of Duluth, the people who voted to give you this beautiful new arena. Win it for AMSoil and hang a banner next October.

Win it for Hoagy. Because there's no one more dedicated, more caring, and more invested in you guys than he is. Win it for all he's given the program for so many years.

Win it for your fans. For those of us who sat through the agony of defeat, through seasons where wins were scarce, through seasons where talent was wasted, through seasons where the highest scorer would finish 8th on the team in points. Win it for those of us who have lost hope and then found it again and again. Win it for those of us who spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to see you play. Win it for those of us who have driven hundreds or thousands of miles to see you play. Win it for people following you all around the world. Win it for the folks who have made total fools of themselves in public, in print, in pictures, and on television. Win it for the fans who are starving for a championship, who have been waiting half a century to see this happen. Win it in the state you play in, the home state for many of you, the adopted home state for others. Win it in front of a crowd that will overwhelmingly support you.

Win it for us. Win it for each other. Win it for yourself. Go get 'em, Dogs.

8 comments:

Biddco said...

Just win.

j_conway101 said...

Beautifully put. I love reading Running with the Dogs every week - win or lose. I can feel your passion in your writings. Keep up the great work. Tonight is for the Bulldog hockey team and all of us who have followed them through the good and bad times but wouldn't ever think of cheering for anyone else. Go Dogs!! - UMD Class of '99

vizoroo said...

I just know DU's legendary coach, Murray Armstrong, is cheering for the Bulldogs today. (In case you didn't know, he helped tUMD get its program started.)

Win this one for all the great players who haven't had a chance to hold the NCAA Championship Trophy.

Bring It Bulldogs!

vizoroo said...

DOGS DO IT!

CONGRATULATIONS!

mexico said...

Fuck yeah dip shit! The big 10 can eat a dog dick!!!

Hey Donna, can we go on a date???

Fight On Sioux said...

Awesome win tonight Dawgs. Congrats on a well-deserved championship season.

Mullet said...

Beautifully written!

Glad I could see this game in person. Even though I have really only been a real UMD fan for 4 years, this was the best sporting experience of my life, and it will probably be the best moment of that sort of my life.

-Mullet.

Beckwith said...

I haven't shed any tears over this historical win until I just read your blog! I think it just hit me! UMD Bulldogs National Champs 2011!!!

I was at the game last night and have been along for the ride for all of the Bulldog history you mentioned. Many of the heartbreaking losses over the years are punctuated by "I remember where I was" memories for me. The Bowling Green loss when I was 10, Derek Plante's team's 1993 loss in the playoffs, the frozen four loss in 2004 and many others. All of that heartache is erased!We've seen this team triumph with many great regular season and playoff games over the years, a Final Five Championship and now this. Finally.

Congrats to this Bulldog team who "Just Did it" for all of us fans! Here enters a new era for UMD Bulldog Hockey.